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Poirot Investigates: Eleven Complete Mysteries Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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'In straight detective fiction there is still no-one to touch her.' Irish Times 'Poirot's gorgeous self-conceit gives a dash of humour to this capital collection of mystery stories. They are ingeniously constructed, and told with an engaging lightness of style.' Literary Review --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First there was the mystery of the film star and thediamond . . . then came the “suicide” that wasmurder . . . the mystery of the absurdly cheap flat . . .a suspicious death in a locked gun room . . . a milliondollarbond robbery . . . the curse of a pharaoh’stomb . . . a jewel robbery by the sea . . . theabduction of a prime minister . . . the disappearanceof a banker . . . a phone call from a dying man . . .and, finally, the mystery of the missing will.

What links these fascinating cases? Only the brilliantdeductive powers of Hercule Poirot!

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks America; Unabridged edition (July 11, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1572703210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572703216
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 5.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #761,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Agatha Christie was born in 1890 and created the detective Hercule Poirot in her debut novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1920). She achieved wide popularity with The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) and produced a total of eighty novels and short-story collections over six decades.

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178 of 182 people found the following review helpful By Nigel Bailey on February 10, 2005
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The stories are imaginative, complex, can be solved. David Suchet does an excellent reading, not easy with the various characters he portrays. Although based on the TV series, (also very highly recomended), you may have missed some of the clues, so listen hard. There are several collections in this series all excellent, BUT .....

However Christie fans should also select "International" on Amazon's opening screen, then go to "United Kingdom", then select "Books" and "Books on CD", then select "BBC Radio Collection". This gives you about 270 titles, of these about 30 are Full Cast productions of Agatha Christies plays and are superb. Some of the titles are, "Peril at end House", "Death on theNile", etc. Most are also available on cassette also, this results in about 1200 choices.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on March 16, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
All of these stories (narrated by Hastings) first appeared in _The Sketch_ (a magazine) throughout 1923; all have been adapted by A&E. I've sorted them by original publication date.
"The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan" - (14 March, 1923) Locked-room theft. Hastings, having had a windfall, persuades Poirot to join him on holiday at the Grand Metropolitan in Brighton. When a fellow guest's pearls are stolen, nobody seems to have had opportunity both to steal and conceal them.
"The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim" - (28 March, 1923) Locked-room disappearance: the senior partner of a financial firm went for a walk, just before meeting a competitor in his own home - but Davenheim was never seen again. Japp bets Poirot a fiver that he can't solve it without leaving his flat, even if he gets all the information Japp does.
"The Adventure of 'The Western Star'" - (11 April, 1923) Movie star Mary Marvell has been receiving mysterious letters, saying that her husband's wedding gift to her - a fabulous diamond - is actually one of a pair, the stolen eyes of an idol. And now she and her husband, Gregory Rolf, are negotiating a deal to film at Yardly Chase - where the Star of the East is the most famous gem of Lord Yardly's collection. (Incidentally, the Valerie Saintclair and Lord Cronshaw cases mentioned in passing can be found in _The Under Dog_).
"The Tragedy at Marsdon Manor" - (18 April, 1923) An insurance company hires Poirot to check on the death of a man who, on the verge of bankruptcy, had taken out a lot of life insurance just before his death. (Poirot, with his love of psychology, actually stoops so low as to test suspects with word-association games here.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Margie on February 3, 2009
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I thought it might be helpful to show the list of included stories: The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim, The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan, The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman, The Adventure of the Western Star, The Kidnapped Prime Minister, The Case of the Missing Will, The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge, The Million Dollar Bond Robbery,
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat, The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb. Sorry there is one title missing from this list--perhaps someone will add it in a comment.

I have listened to several Poirot recordings that were narrated by Hugh Fraser and I loved them. I marvelled at the excellent rendition he does of David Suchet's voice. But this is my first listening of David Suchet doing all the voices and I had to marvel again! He does an excellent job of the voice of Capt. Hastings as well as inspector Japp. Very engaging and fun!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Allain on September 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
All the characters that delight on television are recreated in these unabridged audiobooks. Suchet's reading is a treat and he handles Colonel Hastings and Inspector Japp's voices very well. Your mind accompanies the reading with scenes from the television shows.

One drawback is his voice grates when handling the female lines. I wished for a female to chime in, but the flow of the story carried me past those bits so it did not detract that much.

Pop these into your CD player to listen and you will find yourself catching some details that you may have overlooked in the dramatizations on TV.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Hound Dog on September 21, 2004
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This adaptation of the classic short story collection starring the famous Belgian detective is a wonderful find.

David Suchet (television's Poirot) performs with adept precision in reading the exploits of Agatha Christie's hero whose little gray cells are stretched to the limit at times.

The only minor criticism we can make is that, as there is only one performer and despite Mr. Suchet's impressive talents, it is difficult at times to distinguish one character from another when their dialogue is being read even if you are paying close attention. If Hugh Fraser (the actor who plays Hastings) had participated as a co-reader, since most of the stories were written from his character's point-of-view, we think it would have been a major asset and made this CD a full five-star production.

For its price, it is a solid buy.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jeanne Tassotto VINE VOICE on January 27, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is the first collection of Poirot short stories, originaly published in 1924. Christie appears to have been very heavily influenced by the Sherlock Holmes stories while writing these. The relationship between Poirot and Hastings is very like that of Holmes/Watson, the stories in general are reminiscent of some of the Sherlock Holmes stories, particularly "The Veiled Lady" and "A Scandal in Bohemia". While the tone and settings of the stories are somewhat derivative the solutions are pure Christie.
The stories included in this collection are:
The Adventure of the Western Star
The Tragedy of Marsdon Manor
The Adventure of the Cheap Flat
The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge
The Million Dollar Bond Robbery
The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb
The Jewel Robbery at the Grand Metropolitan
The Kidnapped Prime Minister
The Disappearance of Mr. Davenheim
The Adventure of the Italian Nobleman
The Case of the Missing Will
The Veiled Lady
The Lost Mine
The Chocolate Box
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